‘Jon Wedger Foundation’ isn’t a foundation…or a charity

Jon Wedger, ex-Metropolitan Police officer and self-styled whistleblower, seems to have borrowed a page from Belinda McKenzie’s book. In 2015, Belinda’s “Knight Foundation”, founded by Belinda and named (as we later learned) for a convicted sex offender, Christopher Xavier Knight, was touted as a charity which would “help children and families”:

A bit of fancy footwork—”your donation will help meet the expenses of our volunteers”—disguised the real intention of the Knight Foundation, as it later turned out that all monies donated were being sent to Sabine McNeill, who at that time had evaded arrest and was hiding out in Germany. Further digging revealed that the so-called “charity”…was not.

This came to light thanks to the Ham&High newspaper, in a 24 July 2015 article titled “Highgate company investigated for posing as child abuse charity and sending donations to UK fugitive”. Reporter Paul Wright wrote:

An investigation by the Ham&High has discovered that a company claiming to raise money to help “protect children from sexual abuse” had been misleading potential donors as part of a drive to raise £1million.

The Knight Foundation, set up in February 2014, said the money would go towards helping fight “cruelty against children” and “Satanic ritual abuse”.

But the Ham&High has discovered that the organisation is not registered with the government watchdog the Charity Commission and that almost all the donations received are being sent to Sabine McNeill – a fugitive wanted for questioning by UK police.

Her colleague Belinda McKenzie, one of the directors of The Knight Foundation, has been leading the donation drive from her home in Priory Gardens, Highgate.

The 69-year-old told the Ham&High: “We are aiming to become a charity and are at the early stages of the organisation.

“I see our work as charitable as it’s helping others, including my friend Sabine who had to leave the UK or face arrest. She needs financial support for her work, speaking to MEPs about child abuse in the UK. But I will consider amending the wording on our website.”

It turns out that “seeing our work as charitable” is really not the same thing as “the Knight Foundation is a charitable foundation”, who knew?

‘Jon Wedger Foundation’

Jon Wedger, who has at least a passing acquaintance with Belinda (she was one of very few people un-ironically sporting an “I stand with Jon Wedger” t-shirt during Sabine’s trial), is now advertising a “foundation” of his very own.

The Jon Wedger Foundation website is not shy about asking for cash: the Donate button is very large and prominently placed, and leads to a JustGiving page which states, “We’re raising £5,000 to expose an establishment cover up of child abuse”.

Wedger poses in Sussex Gardens, where he falsely claims police covered up child trafficking.

And while the Foundation does claim to have donated money to one organisation which arguably assists children—£2,000 to the Swinton Lock Activity Centre—the blurb on the website dwells mainly upon the high cost of promoting Wedger via social media:

Jon Wedger is a former Scotland Yard detective campaigning to expose an establishment cover up of child abuse.

He has travelled around the UK and Europe, talking to victims and survivors of child abuse and whistle-blowers from a wide range of professional industries. Working hard to put pressure on the government and mainstream media to hold power to account and put CHILDREN FIRST.

And the good news is, the message is getting out, with 89,000 unique video views every month and 650,000 post views to his Facebook page.

A lot of this has come from paid boosting on Facebook which has cost £3k so far. But if we can raise more, then more will be made aware. Every penny will be spent on gathering testimonies and advertising them to as many people as possible.

For example, for £800 we can reach 600,000 people in 24 hours.

But the page is becoming a full time job. So we are also raising money for admin support. On average we have 5 messages a day, which need time to respond to.

So the Swinton Lock Activity Centre gets £2,000, while Facebook has received £3,000 “so far”. How abused children will benefit from a Facebook ad campaign is not really clear.

If this were not raising enough red flags, the Jon Wedger Foundation is not registered with the Charity Commission; and unlike the former Knight Foundation, it is not even registered with Companies House.

It is our understanding that in order for an organisation to legitimately call itself a “Foundation”, certain conditions must be met.

For starters, according to Companies House’s document which provides guidance on incorporation and names, companies may not simply adopt the term “foundation” as part of their title, and call it a day. The proposed foundation must be a limited company, and must apply to the Secretary of State for special designation:

To use this word in your proposed name the company should be limited by guarantee. The company or business should have a pool of money or a regular source of finance available to promote its objects.

However, this is a moot point at present, since the Jon Wedger Foundation is not registered with Companies House—meaning that it is not even on its way to becoming a foundation, as Belinda claimed the Knight Foundation was.

The ‘Jon Wedger Foundation’ is, in real terms, nothing at all.

Unfortunately, at present we have no way to ask Wedger about this troubling circumstance, since he quickly blocks anybody who questions him about anything.

However, we would advise anybody who might be contemplating a donation to Wedger’s non-foundation to think very carefully about whether they really want to give money to something that is essentially nothing more than a personal publicity campaign.

37 thoughts on “‘Jon Wedger Foundation’ isn’t a foundation…or a charity

  1. I’m not sure foundations have to be companies. Also, you don’t have to register with the charity commission if your income is below five thousand pounds.

    From what I’ve read ‘There is no distinct legal definition of a ‘charitable foundation’ in the UK. https://www.acf.org.uk/about/what-is-a-foundation/

    What I couldn’t find on Jon Wedger’s website was an indication of who runs his foundation and if there are members. How is it structured? (If this information is there then please correct me.) I also think if you’re going to collect money from the public you should publish accounts on your website. While I accept that small foundations won’t want to spend money on accountants it’s no big deal to get a neutral third party to check things over and put an income and expenditure sheet together.

    I’ve come across this kind of thing before and most of the time it’s nice people who are a bit naïve and don’t know how to organise things properly. Then again sometimes it’s dodgy buggers. If I was Jon’s friend I’d be telling him to sort it out.

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    • I did speak with a source who runs a foundation, who told me that the rules about naming an organisation are very stringent, and pointed me toward the rules and regs for using “foundation” as part of the name.

      It’s quite possible that those running Wedger’s organisation don’t really know what they are doing, but I agree that that points to a greater need for clarity. As you say, at a bare minimum, the public is entitled to know the corporate structure, board members, and accounts.

      So far they claim to have raised in excess of £5,000, and I’ll be tracking down their other sources of donations (GoFundMe etc.), but we shouldn’t have to be doing that—there is a disturbing lack of transparency here.

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        • His websites are full of interviews or videos of the usual bunch of loons who claim they are “exposing child abuse” by re-publishing already exposed incidents.
          It’s a tactic APD uses although it often takes here about 2/3 years to find a newspaper report about a child abuse case to put on her FB page and proclaim “Voila !..everything I say is true. Please send a fiver”.

          I’m getting a little bit sick of these merchants who expose not a thing but associate with members of the Ratbag Brigade like Bill Maloney etc who have caused so much grief and unnecessary financial cost like the ludicrous Ted Heath investigation. Wedger should be judged by the company he keeps like that bunch of blatant liars and fraud merchants at the “ITNJ” with their ridiculous meaningless self-perpetuating forums that simply raise money to have yet another talk fest along with expensive hotel fees.
          It’s bloody outrageous and what on earth is this ludicrous claptrap about London?.
          Also as far as I can see his gofundme pages are not accessible.

          I say again Jon Wedger..time you BLEW YOUR BLOODY WHISTLE ! (I like saying that).

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          • “London locations”? Wedger claims to be fighting pedophilia, but he’s offering a sex-tourism-for-dummies guidebook.

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  2. Is Wedger getting way ahead of his game or is it a pipe dream, will the ‘admin support’ be on a wage/salary or a volunteer, is he fooling a lot of people, pulling heart strings with his big mournful looking strange eyes! I do see people asking questions about him now on FB, hopefully more will ask before they part with their money.

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    • According to The Jon Wedger Foundation(ha) website, all profits from sales of the Meatrack boy book will go to the campaign to expose an establishment coverup of child abuse.

      The guy who the book is about is named Michael Tarraga and Wedger & Anna Brees claim that he was abused by Edward Heath. But if you actually listen to his interview with Anna Brees he doesn’t really make that claim but is rather pushed along to try and make him say something untoward happened between them.

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      • I would like to see evidence that profits from sales of the book have indeed been used to help other victims of child abuse. Surely financial records must be kept somewhere?

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        • Yes, it certainly looks like that both Wedger and Brees have learnt how to nudge vulnerable people into saying what they want and need them to say. The bigger the name they can get somebody to say then the more cash they will expect to come along. Who better to pick for such a project than a dying man?

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  3. Why does he need money to blow his whistle?.
    Just publish your claims and be done with it Wedger. More and more you are looking very dodgy and appear to be raising funds on the back of child abuse to support your bike rides, holidays and so on.
    This is very similar to Angela Power Disney who has been asking for donations on the same basis but admits she was able to find the money to live in Spain for a year and take regular holidays.
    If you aren’t careful you will become known as Wedger the Dodger.

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    • Yes, it’s not as if the issue of child sexual abuse is hidden from public view. He claims to want money to “expose” it, but this seems strange in light of the massive amount of discussion on the issue already taking place.

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    • Well the Express story has been exposed by EC as rubbish. So why did Wedger lead them on and why didn’t they check details?.
      These ex-coppers who work on a major case (a DC is never in charge) and try to take all the glory or seek to build a reputation on it are loathed by other coppers. Dozens work on such cases and all could make claims but they just move onto the next job.
      Wedger seems to be loving the little bit of limelight he’s getting. Pathetic.

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      • He’s only been in the lime light because of people who really want it to be true, he’ll probably milk it for as long as possible and make some money a long the way, it won’t last long, most of the other scammers have done the off now, but there are always others to take his place. Other people have done crap articles in the Express news paper and they’ve gone on to print it. In the Baby P case, the Police came out very badly, not Wedger, he says he got a commendation, really? He says all this but there’s no proof anywhere, and a lot he says doesn’t make sense

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        • In this video, Jon Wedger visits a location where two men informed him that they were taken there to be abused when they were teenagers, in the 70’s-80’s I believe. Wedger walks into the woods and just happens to come across wet wipes and a condom wrapper and seems to insinuate that this is some kind of proof that abuse must have occurred there years ago.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbjBlp25hjA

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          • Yes, he also make some sort of claim that he can tell this by “geographic profiling”. Wedger, I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.

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  4. If, as he claimed in one of the articles linked by Captain Mainwairing, he had or has PTSD why doesn’t he just concentrate on enjoying his retirement? I’m retired (well I do a bit of typing etc from home still – how much varies) but I enjoy activities with the local U3A (umbrella organisation for retired and semi-retired people). Does he want his name to be known? I mean, one can have a happy retirement without being famous.

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  5. Today i learned that it was Angela Power Disney who BROKE THE STORY of Micheal Jacksons death Lol.
    Its on one of her latest videos. She really is amazing. Even more awesome than Danielle La Verite.

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